Two former celebrity personal assistants, who lived at the 24-hour, seven days a week, beck and call of their A-list employers, have revealed the inner workings of a job that knows no boundaries, but pays incredibly well.
Rebecca White and Jennifer O’Neill, who have worked for the likes of Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell and Claire Danes, opened up to the New York Post to give a candid behind-the-scenes look into the world of a celebrity aide, the Daily Mail reported.
“There’s no such thing as overtime or having your own life. You are married to these people. You are literally in a relationship with them,” O’Neill said.
The Connecticut native, is currently embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with her former employer, Lady Gaga, suing for 390,000 dollars in unpaid overtime plus damages.
For an annual salary of 75,000 dollars, O’Neill claimed that she was “required” to sleep in Gaga’s bed “because she didn’t sleep alone” and was expected “to be working and available 24/7.”
Meanwhile the star alleges that O’Neill did not want to be her “slave,” making the 26-year-old diva carry her own suitcases, and failing simple tasks like laying out her toothbrush and soap.
Gaga also insisted that O’Neill lived a lavish life off her dime, wearing her clothes and getting the best bed on her private jet, for example.
White, who worked for the famously short-tempered Naomi Campbell for almost five years, admitted that the supermodel would intimidate and yell and gain her power by making people cry.
The personal assistant revealed that when she traveled with the supermodel, she would arrive at the hotel early to call housekeeping to unpack, steam and press the clothes, take out the alcohol from the minibar, and put 25 lily-scented candles around her suite.
White, who now lives in West Palm Beach, Florida said that there always had to be five candles in the bathroom, 10 in the bedroom and 10 in the living room.
She also explained that the mini-bar alcohol would be stashed in White’s own room.
“She wanted to pretend to the outside world that she wasn’t drinking. Every hotel we set foot in, I would move [the bottles] so that anyone, a manager, a maid, could say that she doesn’t drink,” she said.
The model would then “grab her two phones, grab me and go into my room to start drinking,” she claimed.
She stopped working for Campbell after the pair had an argument at the Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera in 2004.
White was also a personal assistant to Claire Danes in 1996, just after her role with Leonardo DiCaprio in William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
She recalls how she dropped off the Homeland star at college when she began studying at Yale, and made up her bed in the dorm.
“I hugged her, and she was scared, and I gave her the kiss goodbye,” White said.
She was apparently paid 2,000 dollars a week plus expenses to live in Danes’ 5-million-dollar loft in SoHo rent-free while she was in school.
“There are different levels of PAs — there’s the person back in the office who does the faxing and e-mailing — but my job was to be their best friend. It’s sad, but true,” she added.